Tuesday, August 25, 2009

fall is almost here

Fall is such a beautiful time of year. The trees are changing, the leaves are falling, and we have the crisp cool air blowing through our windows. We can learn alot from fall, just as we can from all the other seasons. But fall brings a certain beauty, a renewing of sorts. As the leaves are changing color, dying, and than falling off the tree, we can turn that into a great lesson of growth for us. Just as fall and winter must come before spring, we must too change, die to ourselves and fall away from the world, only to reveal a new beauty that comes with the changes made in our lives. Just as we have seasons in our weather, we too have seasons in our lives. Different stages of growth, and its in those stages, those changes that the Lord shines through. When we are willing to die to ourselves, and live for Him, He fills us with His spirit and we are renewed. Just as we feel the crispness of the fresh, cool air in the fall, we too can feel a newness, a crispness in our walk with Christ. He refreshes, He makes new again, and we can feel His sweet presence just as we feel the fresh, cool air coming over us. Everyone loves a walk in the fall, watching your feet float between the leaves of color, breathing in the fresh air that seems to give us a new hope in the day. Just as those leaves die and fall off the tree, the tree, along with its limbs, come alive again in the spring, bringing a new day, a new light, a new beginning. We have seasons in our life that are blessings, trials, hurts, and with each one, Christ is there, He is there bringing us peace, comfort in those needed times, and He washes over us with such a love. There would be no seasons without God, who made them, and with each new thing He made, I don't think He only made them for His beauty, but for us to look at and see Him, and know that there is a lesson, a purpose in each thing He has created. As fall comes forth into our vision, as He is bringing a new season, what season is our life in? What needs to die, what needs to fall, so the new growth can begin? We are not to dread each season in our lives, we are to be thankful and praising God for each one. For they each bring something new. Just as we love to capture on film the beauty of the fall, we too can capture the beauty in our lives as change is taking place. Just as the seasons have its time, are lives also have a time for everthing. "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to throw away; A time to tear, and a time to sew; A time to silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace." Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 No matter what season of life you are in, God is there with you. You are not alone. Let each season speak to your heart, let each season bring about change, a change that brings us closer to who Christ wants us to be, and allow each one to bring us closer in our walk with Him..
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